To make an all-purpose cleaner, mix 1/4 cup of baking soda or 2 teaspoons of Borax to 1/2 cup of white vinegar. The baking soda or Borax works to deodorize, clean, and scour surfaces. Both products are also excellent at softening hard water stains. The vinegar cuts grease, removes stains and wax build-up as well as removes water deposits.
For an excellent bathroom mold cleaner, mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 2 parts water in a spray bottle. Spray the desired areas and leave it to dry for one hour. Then simply rinse and wipe dry.
For water ring stains on wood furniture, use mayonnaise or white toothpaste applied to a damp cloth. Rub the stain gently until the it disappears. Be sure to buff and polish the surface.
Use baking soda in place of scouring powders. It is excellent for cleaning surfaces. You can use the baking soda by itself or you can make a paste by adding a small amount of water. Baking soda also works great as a drain cleaner. Add a cup of baking soda to the drain and a small amount of hot water. Let this stand over night and then flush the drain with hot water. This may not work to unclog a tough drain, however it can unclog a minor situation. It works best when used as a preventive method. Leave a baking soda paste on pots and pans stains for 15 to 20 minutes. Rub the paste into the stains and then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Baking soda also does a great job with refreshing carpets. Mix 3/4 cup of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of corn starch to a dry scent you like. Sprinkle this mixture on carpets and allow to sit for a couple of minutes before vacuuming it up.
Borax has a number of great uses. It is excellent at cleaning wallpaper, painted walls, and painted surfaces. Mix a cup of Borax with 1 quart of water. For a stronger cleaner, mix 1 cup of Borax, 1/2 cup of baking soda, and a 1/2 cup of white vinegar to 1 gallon of water.
White vinegar does a great job at removing mineral deposits when applied at full-strength and allowed to sit for several hours. It also works well as an all-purpose cleaner. Just dilute equal parts of vinegar with water. Put the liquid in a spray bottle and use it as you would any other spray cleaner. Vinegar does not do well with marble and grout. The amount of acid in the vinegar is too high and can damage marble and grout. Vinegar does a nice job on cleaning and shining up chrome. It also cleans counter tops well and can even remove toilet bowl rings. Mix vinegar and/or baking soda with lemon juice to make a paste to work just like "soft scrub" does. Excellent at removing counter top stains and stains in porcelain sinks. Add a little olive oil to the vinegar and lemon juice for an excellent furniture polish.
To break down laundry detergent when washing a load of clothes as well as to act as a natural fabric softener, add a 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle.
Salt mixed with a little lime juice does a great job at removing rust stains. For tough rust stains, apply the salt and lime juice paste to the area and allow it to sit for several hours or over-night. This also will remove hard water stains. Lemon juice works wonders on hard water stains and soap build-up.